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From Circus Princess to gender Aunt: A Story about Construction of Identities
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Education in Arts and Professions.
(English)In: Nordic Theatre Studies, ISSN 0904-6380, Vol. 15, 28-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article concerning constructions of identities among stucents and teachers at a Swedish University College of Acting, written during a time of fieldwork, treats the delicate role of being 'the participant observer'. Setting out from the concepts of 'anthropology as biography' and 'authority in ethnography' through a brief outline of certain feminist ideas to a double-acting use of Brechtian thought, the discussion ends up stressing the value of narrativity as a form of alternative argumentation. A heading like Acting-Life strikingly points to the blurred borders between life and acting in the every day life of a person involved in actor  education. Identities are, at least partly, constructed in interaction; and at a place like this, the immediate resources available in identitywork, are the features of fictive, dramatic characters. Masks and role-playing are at stake everywhere in every day life of society, but here the use of them is as congenial as of urgent necessity- surely displayed by the text. In this  context, the notions of sex and gender, tightly interwoven in traditional, artistic and historical thought, mixed with old myhs and rebellion ideas, will be as complicated as it is challenging to elaborate.

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Köpenhamn: Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars. Vol. 15, 28-43 p.
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Performing Art Studies
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Theatre Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29323OAI: diva2:232408
Gender on Stage
Available from: 2009-08-22 Created: 2009-08-22 Last updated: 2009-11-16Bibliographically approved

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